Isabel PedersenDr. Isabel Pedersen, PhD.

Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media, and Culture

Founder and Director of Decimal Lab

Isabel Pedersen is a Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media, and Culture and is the founder and director of the Decimal Lab at the University of Ontario where she also holds a position as an Associate Professor of Communication Studies. She is a member of the Digital Data Resistance Working Group. In fall 2014, she was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. She is the author of Ready to Wear: A Rhetoric of Wearable Computers and Reality-Shifting Media, which explores how carryable, wearable, and implantable technologies impact the ways that people interact with one another and participate in culture. Her Decimal Lab is funded by a Canadian Foundation for Innovation Grant and she also holds a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant for her research in reality-shifting media. Currently, she is researching critical dystopian film, transhumanist pondering, and brain interfaces that promise us futures that seem dramatically divergent from our current lives.

quinn%20dupont%20lecture%20imageDr. Quinn DuPont

Research Assistant

Dr. Quinn DuPont recently completed his PhD at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information. He researches and writes on social and philosophical issues of cryptography and code, and is an active participant in discussions of digital studies, digital humanities, and media studies. He also writes on Bitcoin and blockchain technologies and is involved in Canadian standardization efforts. He is currently a Digital Studies Fellow at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Previously, he was a Senior Information Specialist at IBM.

Kirstin Ellison - Decimal LabKirstin Ellison

Research Assistant

Kirsten Ellison is a PhD Candidate in Communication and Cultural Studies at the University of Calgary. Her doctoral research examines the discursive construction of imagined futures of agelessness, specifically focusing on anti-aging technology as technologies of self-government. She is currently working in affiliation with Concordia University’s ACT Project and as a graduate associate with the Trent Centre for Aging Studies on a project that looks at wearable devices and the quantification of age. Her work with Dr. Isabel Pedersen at UOIT’s Digital Culture and Media Lab focused on the circulation of mainstream speculative news surrounding the development and promotion of bionic contact lenses as a future device in the realm of wearable technology. Specifically, their research looked at the rhetorical justifications for the public adoption of this device, examining how the discourses of health and transhumanism functioned to mitigate and ultimately prevent any critical discussion surrounding the potential purposes and consequences of its adoption.

MaralMaral Karimi

Research Assistant

Maral Karimi is a PhD student in Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at University of Toronto. Both her masters and PhD work focus on media studies and discourse analysis of political actors in mass movements in the Middle East (i.e Iranian Green Movement, Arab Spring) through a Critical Social Theory (CST) lens.

Maral holds a Bachelor of Commerce in IT Management with a minor in Marketing from Ryerson University and has been an active member of the Adopt-IT project team since its inception. Her work with Dr. Pederson as an extension of the Adopt-IT project involves exploring barriers to technology adoption in the Canadian Manufacturing sector.

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Samantha Reid

Decimal Lab Research Manager

Sam recently completed her Master’s of Arts in Criminology at UOIT with a research focus on the intersection of media portrayals and realities of rural crime in video games. She graduated from the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Criminology and Justice also at UOIT with a minor in Forensic Psychology.  Sam has been working at the Decimal Lab since January of 2014 overseeing and consulting on all of our ongoing projects.

Fun Fact: Sam is interested in writing, travel, media, and technology.

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Bridgette Atkins

Research Assistant

Bridgette is currently working on her Masters of Education at UOIT taking courses focusing on education and digital technology.  She completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in English Literature at Trent University and Bachelor of Education degree at UOIT. Bridgette works at the Teaching and Learning Centre at UOIT and on an occasional part-time basis at Grandview Children’s Centre. Bridgette joined the Decimal Lab team in the summer of 2015. She is currently working on the Kids, Creative Storyworlds and Wearables project at the lab. Bridgette states that her enjoyment for this project comes from the mingling of a number of existing areas of interest to her plus a new and exciting area of interest — wearable technology.

Fun Fact: Bridgette is passionate about yoga and spends a good part of my spare time practicing, reading, or talking about yoga.

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Photo by Kayleigh Hindman

Nathan Gale

Research Assistant – Senior Developer

Nathan is currently in his second year of the Computer Science Master’s degree at UOIT. He completed an Undergraduate degree in Game Development and Entrepreneurship also at UOIT. Nathan has recently taken a job with an emerging technology company in Toronto. In the future, he is interested in product evaluation within the industry of wearable technology to prevent future innovations from repeating similar mistakes. Nathan has been a member of the Decimal Lab team since December 2013. He works as Senior Developer and is closely involved in several projects such as iMind, iShy, and Decimal Digital Museum.

Favourite childhood video games: Grim Fandango and The Legend of Zelda: Majoras Mask

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Research Assistant – Archivist

Sharon is currently finishing up the Library and Information Technician Program at Algonquin College, with future plans to deepen her knowledge and skills through the pursuit of an MLIS (Masters of Library & Information Science) degree. She has a professional background in social service work and an academic background in Gender Studies through Trent University. Her current career interests are broad and always evolving: reference services, metadata and indexing, community building, digital literacy, and emerging technologies.

She is grateful for the exciting opportunity to contribute to the Fabric of Digital Life archive. Her work has included researching and cataloguing new artifacts, as well as refining and editing keywords.

Her personal interests include writing, researching, petting cats, and lifelong learning.

Warren Fuller - Decimal Lab, UOITWarren Fuller

Research Assistant – Communications Team

Warren Fuller is an undergraduate student in the Communications and Digital Media Studies program in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

Born and raised in Oshawa, Ontario, Warren is a culinary school graduate but chef lifestyle dropout. His undergraduate research focuses heavily on the impact of popular culture on society and Warren’s blogging work for the Decimal Lab fits right in with his confusing love/hate relationship with emerging technology. He joined the Communications and Marketing team at the Decimal Lab in 2015.

Fun Fact: Not so closeted fan of professional wrestling, both for amusement and academic reasons.

16010431_10158183311640145_66893192_oBarb Ross

Research Assistant – Archivist

Barb is currently in her last semester of her history undergraduate degree at Trent University. She has a post-graduate degree from Fleming College in Museum Management and Curatorship. In 2016 she was hired on as chief librarian of Kanhiote Library for the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte. Barb joined the Decimal Lab last year working as an archivist for the Fabric of Digital Life.

‪Fun Facts: Barb also has a certificate in personal support work from Trillium College and is currently binge-watching Murdoch Mysteries and binge-reading everything.